JOAN ALLEN (Lame Hanson) is one of today's busiest and
most respected actresses. A two-time Academy Award nominee, Allen gained her
first nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Oliver Stone's
"Nixon." Her portrayal of Pat Nixon also brought her awards from a
number of critics organizations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics and the
National Society of Film Critics. The next year, she earned another Best
Supporting Actress Oscar' nod for her role in "The Crucible," for
which she also garnered a Golden Globe nomination and won a Broadcast Film
Allen has more recently been honored by critics for her work
in "Pleasantville" and "The Ice Storm," and also starred
with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in the hit thriller "Face/Off."
Her additional film credits include "It's the Rage," "Mad
Love," "Ethan Frome," "Josh and 5A.M.," "Searching
for Bobby Fischer," "In Country," "Tucker: The Man and His
Dream," "Manhunter," "Peggy Sue Got Married" and
Also an accomplished stage actress, Allen won a Best Actress
Tony Award for her work on Broadway in Lanford Wilson's "Burn This,"
and was Tony-nominated for her performance in "The Heidi Chronicles."
Off-Broadway, she received an Obie Award for "The Marriage of Bette &
Boo." In addition, she won the Clarence Derwent, Drama Desk, Outer Critics
Circle and Theatre World Awards for "And a Nightingale Sang" in the
role she originated with Chicago's renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and for
which she had won a Joseph Jefferson Award. An original member of Steppenwolf,
Allen also received a Joseph Jefferson Award for her work in "A Lesson From
Allen will next be seen in the television miniseries
"The Mists of Avalon," with Anjelica Huston.
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